The Dragon Year will soon be over and the Snake will soon slither in and take its rightful place.
But the Snake has many connotations.
And none of them are pleasant.
As a Cantonese, I can think of a lot of sayings that have the word “snake” in them and none of them are polite or nice!
Each year we send out lots of greeting cards (the kind that we painstakingly write and sign) and we also send out e-cards. Regular Chinese New Year greeting cards can be boring. The same old message on the same old pink background.
To enliven things, we often add our own personal messages – handwritten no less – to each and every card.
Because our clients matter. And we take this opportunity to thank them and tell them that we do appreciate their loyal support all these years!
So this year, for our Chinese New Year e-card, we thought, why not dig up some interesting facts about people born in the year of the Snake?
The Snake may not be as sexy as the Dragon or as vibrant as the Horse (which is coming up next year) but still, the Snake must have some qualities worth writing about despite them being called sneaky and cunning and a bit on the stingy side.
So here are some things that we bet you didn’t know about the Water Snake for 2013.
- If you were born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, you were born under the sign of the Snake.
- 2013 is the Yin Water Snake year. The last time Yin Water Snake Year happened was in 1953 as the Chinese calendar goes through a 60-year cycle.
- The year of the Water Snake has already started on 4 February according to the Chinese Hsia calendar. 4 February marks the first day of spring!
- Snakes are insightful and great lovers of beautiful things. They usually have exceptional, refined taste and are often stylishly dressed.
- Blue, green and purple are the lucky colours this year.
- The year of the Snake is generally seen to be a fabulous year for businesses with ample opportunities for everyone.
- Chinese wisdom says having someone in your family born under the year of the Snake is a good omen because it means your family will have abundance and plenty to eat!
- The Snake person is also excellent in business.
- People born in the year of the Snake are usually intuitive, introspective, refined and collected. They do not get flustered easily – in fact they are graceful people!
- Famous Snake people: Oprah Winfrey, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Martha Stewart, Kanye West, Pierce Brosnan, Charlie Sheen and Bob Dylan.
- The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Chinese New Year usually falls between late January and early February.
Interesting trivia and stuff, no?
As we celebrate the year of the Water Snake, we wish you lots of opportunities, refinement, abundance and wisdom this coming year and all the years ahead.
Kung Hei Fatt Choy from all of us on this auspicious celebration!
Nic, Krista & the team at Redbox Studio
P/S: We are taking a whole week off for this celebration. Catch you when we get back to work on 18 February!
P/P/S: In case you haven’t heard, we’re giving away a Redbox Easyweb Pro website system worth RM999 in our Chinese New Year Lucky Draw. Super easy to join! Check it out!